Positive Psychology for Healthy Organizations: The Challenge of Primary Prevention in a Cross-Cultural Perspective


Annamaria Di Fabio (Editor)
Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology (Psychology Section), University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY030000

The book “Positive Psychology for Healthy Organizations: The Challenge of Primary Prevention in a Cross-Cultural Perspective” underlines the importance of a preventive perspective for healthy and sustainable organizations. The book presents a cross-cultural approach regarding problems and possible resources for strengthening healthy organizations. Primary prevention can be considered as a universal value and for this reason primary preventive interventions have to be taken into account for improving strengths, also if articulated globally on the basis of different contexts and cultures. This volume gives a contribution to the challenge to overcome a dark side towards a positive side in organizations, focusing on healthy people as flourishing and resilient workers. The book includes contributions from different Western and Eastern countries, highlighting the relevance in a cross-cultural perspective of a positive work environment in promoting employee health, well-being, and performance. The book includes two parts.

The first part presents contributions that look to go beyond the dark side in organizations in a cross-cultural perspective, individuating new awareness, resources and perspectives. The second part aims to expand the horizons, particularly focusing on a primary prevention perspective with the aim of giving a contribution in concretely building healthy organizations. Thanks to the chapters of the different authors, this book is a relevant and substantive contribution in the framework of a cross-cultural approach to promote a positive preventive psychology for healthy organizations. The volume also stressed the value and the challenge of a primary prevention in a cross-cultural perspective for building healthy work environments. As a whole, this book advances a positive cross-cultural primary preventive perspective to promote healthier and more sustainable workers and organizations in the third millennium, identifying it as a value to share in terms of a valuable point of reference for practice and research.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The High Prevalence of Bank Robberies in Italy: Causes and Consequences
(Giulio Arcangeli, Gabriele Giorgi, Vincenzo Cupelli and Nicola Mucci, Department of Experimental and Clinical Sciences, University of Florence, Italy, and others)

Chapter 2. An Integrative Model of Systematic Treatment Selection: Assessment and Cross-Cultural Consideration in Taiwan
(Hsiu-jung Chen, Li-fei Wang, Satoko Kimpara and Larry E. Beutler, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, Palo Alto University, US)

Chapter 3. Job Insecurity and Its Effect on OCB in Organizational Restructuring: Can the Perceived Organizational Support Make the Difference?
(Rita Chiesa and Giuseppe Guastella, Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy, and others)

Chapter 4. Job Stress and Depression: The Mediating Role of Coping Strategies
(Sakurako Ito, Haruyoshi Yamamoto and Akira Tsuda, Fujita Health University, Toyoake, Japan, and others)

Chapter 5. Aging and Healthy Organizations: A Preventive Approach
(Gabriela Topa, Adrián Segura-Camacho and Luis Sáenz De la Torre, National Distance Education University, Madrid, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6. The Impacts of Job Insecurity on the Work Motivation of Entertainment Workers in Bandung, Indonesia
(Yus Nugraha, Nisya Nurul Fatin and Nurul Yanuarti, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia)

Chapter 7. Job Hindrance, Eustress, Distress and Work-life Balance among Teachers in Sabah, Malaysia
(Pan Lee Ching, Chua Bee Seok and Rosnah Ismail, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 8. Standardization of the Comprehensive Health Check for Workers (CHCW) Questionnaire: A New Approach to Assess Work Stress-Related Unorganized Diseases in Japanese Workers
(Akira Tsuda, Teruichi Shimomitsu, Yuko Odagiri, Ayumi Fusejima, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Hisayoshi Okamura, Hideyo Yamaguchi, Tetsuro Yamamoto and Katsutaro Nagata, Department of Psychology, Kurume University, Kurume, Japan, and others)

Chapter 9. HR Professionals’ Competencies, General Self-Efficacy and Career Success within the Concept of Healthy Organization
(Nataliya Pylat and Maura Striano, Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy)

Chapter 10. Intrapreneurial Self-Capital Training to Face the Challenges of the 21st Century: A Case Study of an Italian University Student in Transition Towards the World of Work
(Letizia Palazzeschi, Ornella Bucci and Annamaria Di Fabio, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Italy)

Chapter 11. Building Healthy Organizations Tapping into the Motivational Process of the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) Model
(Enrique Robledo and Gabriela Topa, National Distance Education University (UNED), Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 12. Academic Relational Civility for Positive and Sustainable University Environments: Personality Traits or Emotional Intelligence?
(Ornella Bucci, Letizia Palazzeschi, Mirko Duradoni and Annamaria Di Fabio, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Italy)

Chapter 13. Intersection between Communication, Innovation, and Knowledge in the Age of Globalization
(Andreia de Bem Machado, Araci Hack and Maria José Sousa, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 14. The Contribution of Intrapreneurial Self-Capital beyond Personality Traits in Employability and Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy: A Key Resource for Sustainable Career and Life Project
(Annamaria Di Fabio, Letizia Palazzeschi, Ornella Bucci, Mirko Duradoni, Eleonora Pesce and Chiara Burgassi, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy)

Chapter 15. Searching for the Balance: Health Needs and Well-Being at Work in Italy and Norway
(Federica Previtali, Steffen Torp and Massimo Miglioretti, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland, and others)

Chapter 16. The Meaning of Work in the Cameroonian Entropic Context
(Samuel Nyock Ilouga, Aude Carine Moussa Mouloungui, Caroline Arnoux and Jean Luc Bernaud, Chargé de Cours, Université de Yaoundé, Douala, Cameroun, and others)


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